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Windows 7: Linksys WMP54G Driver. Is there one?? I need it!


28 Apr 2011   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
Linksys WMP54G Driver. Is there one?? I need it!

I have Linksys WMP54G wireless PCI adapter. When I bought it I was told there was Windows 7 support. I cannot find any Windows 7 drivers for it. Their site only has vista 32bit drivers. Tried them and it causes BSOD on my pc. Is there any other way to find drivers for this? I talked with linksys and they said they are working on it. But they could not tell me when they will be out. Since it has been a long time since Windows 7 has been out I think they are never coming out.

This is fairly new and it would be real nice if it could be more than an expansion slot plug! I have read things about getting drivers from the chip manufacturer, but have been unable to find them or even chip maker.

Please help me if you have some info. I am unable to use internet on my desktop until I can make this work due to shared router.

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29 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It looks like the chips are from Ralink here is a link to the site where I found this with a download http://icrontic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=82889
I hope this helps
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29 Apr 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Ralink does not offer a driver on their site for the particular chip. I tried a driver for a chip that had a similar number and no go. I will try this one and let you know how it goes. Thanks Pooch!!

What really makes me mad is that linksys is so far behind that they dont have a driver for 7 64bit, Then to top it off they had enough nerve to offer me model numbers for a new card that would work! I will NEVER buy another linksys product for as long as I live. Even if they are making the only available product that I need. Go #$@k yourself linksys!

Now that that is out of the way.... I was able to find a link from a thread in seven forums for a driver, but that one did not work either. So I am without a network card for my HTPC. It is a real bummer I tell ya! I hope this driver works.
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01 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomrdiedrich View Post
Ralink does not offer a driver on their site for the particular chip.
Does this download and install recipe for the Ralink driver work? [Actually, just noticed this is the identical link that Pooch posted above... sorry, didn't see that before.]

Sounds from the writeup that this guy got it to work, but you have to force the install according to his screenshots and step-by-step procedure.

Of course the thread started in 2009, so no guarantees it's usable today.

In fact, the thread ends recently with:

"I guess it's worth repeating that I ended up dumping the WMP54G because of all this hassle with crappy drivers early on. I bought a D-Link DWA-552 and never looked back."
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01 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Actually, just noticed this is the identical link that Pooch posted above... sorry, didn't see that before.
no problem
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Sounds from the writeup that this guy got it to work, but you have to force the install according to his screenshots and step-by-step procedure.

Of course the thread started in 2009, so no guarantees it's usable today.

In fact, the thread ends recently with:

"I guess it's worth repeating that I ended up dumping the WMP54G because of all this hassle with crappy drivers early on. I bought a D-Link DWA-552 and never looked back."
That is a fact of life in the PC world Old hardware may still work ok but the manufacturers are doing there best to keep us buying the new stuff
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01 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

have you tried this page?

Linksys by Cisco - WMP54G Support
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01 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Carolyn View Post
have you tried this page?

Linksys by Cisco - WMP54G Support
Looks like only the version 4.1 hardware has a 32-bit Vista driver option, along with the XP driver. This might well be usable in a 32-bit Windows 7 world.

The 4.0 and earlier hardware versions all have drivers from 2006 and earlier, which I'm guessing are strictly for XP and unusable for Windows 7.

For an item of this low price, my own approach would be that it's just not worth my time to try and utilize a legacy hardware item into a modern environment. MS and the hardware vendors have "emerged victorious" and I'm simply forced to upgrade to "modern hardware" that is now all that is supported by "modern software".

I'd normally be annoyed at this manipulation, but generally there is so much true price/performance benefit that I don't mind paying what inevitably is a small price in the long run to truly get past the obstacle forever and not have to fight with it again.

I faced this myself when converting from XP to Windows 7 about 1/12 years ago, only to discover that Creative Labs did not support my long-favorite sounding Audigy/2 PCI sound card in Windows 7. I was devastated. As my solution, I opted for a new X-Fi Titanium PCI-e card which of course was supported by Windows 7, and in fact sounded just as good to me as the old Audigy/2.

Before deciding, I did audition the built-in Realtek ALC1200 chip on my motherboard, but for some reason it didn't sound as good as an older ALC883 chip sounded on another machine of mine... where I DO use onboard sound. However on my ASUS P5Q3 board, the ALC1200 just didn't sound right. So I decided to go with the X-Fi Titanium, and was very very happy. Still in use today.

Reasonable price, available, usable immediately, supported by Creative for Windows 7. My time is valuable too, and this is an easy and cheap solution. Purchased. Case closed. Move on to other challenges.
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17 Nov 2013   #8

Vista and 7 32 bit
 
 
Found it!!

The driver at this link worked for me in Win 7 32bit. There are 2 drivers on the page dated 2008 and 2009 and the page states that there are drivers for 32 and 64 bit. I started with the 2008 driver and it worked right away. Hope it works for you too! It should!

https://sites.google.com/site/linksy...river/download
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